I may not have had Oscar Season or a Film Festival to get excited about like I have for the past two months, but it’s still been an interesting month for film. I’ve not been blogging very much recently but I assure you that’s all about to change, and I’ve got an exciting announcement to make in April so watch out for that!
So I’m taking part in The Blind Spot Series, a monthly blogging challenge ran by The Matinee which focuses on watching a film every month that you really should have watched but haven’t and blog about it. I decided to focus my Blind Spot posts entirely on films not in the English language to get over my own stigma of not being “bothered” to watch foreign films, and already I believe it’s making a difference to the choices I make at the cinema.
I saw some fantastic films in Spanish when I went to Glasgow film festival last month. And this month I made an effort to see Hungarian film White God (2014) at my local Independent cinema. It was such a refreshing film, as was X+Y (2014) which I saw a week later. I had a lot of serious plausibility problems. For example, if you’re a mother and your child is in a car crash you run to your CHILD, not your husband in the driver’s seat. You’re not SUPPOSED to know he’s dead before you open the car door, jeez. But ultimately it was entertaining.
I barely wrote any blog posts this month, but I thankfully did manage to keep up with my regular features. I went bonkers and decided for French Toast Sunday‘s Directors of the Month challenge that I would examine the narrative of Inside Llewyn Davis (2013) and see how it measured up to Vladimir Propp’s 31 Functions of a Fairytale, to actually quite surprising results! I love the Coen Bros and I was really chuffed to be able to honour their obscurity in this way.
I also wrote quite lengthy post that I’m very proud of about a little film tour I went on around Manchester’s film sites. We also watched a film set in Manchester at the end of the tour that has it’s own little sub genre, the fantastically coined ‘Manc Noir’ Hell Is A City (1960).
I like it when the films I choose to watch follow a certain pattern. It seems to allude to my state of mind over the month. I have to say though, pretty much NONE of the films I watched correlate. Manhattan (1979) was chosen because last month I watched Annie Hall (1970) for the first time and loved it. The Parent Trap (1998), The Help (2011) and To Kill a Mockingbird (1962) because firstly I was pining for the Californian countryside, and then the Southern accent. My pining for the Southern accent in film is one of my more frequent obsessions that I have to indulge in. You’ll see it pop up time and again in different forms.
I watched Bonnie and Clyde (1967) with my whole family when I went home as it was on Sky Movies. Although they always let me chose what film we watch, it was one of the less disagreeable films and it was actually pretty funny in parts. They much preferred it to All the Presidents Men (1976) anyway, though the latter wins hands down if the contest was about long, thick hair.
And finally, I had my regular dose of James Stewart with a re-watch of Anatomy of a Murder (1959) and Mr Smith Goes to Washington (1939). Stick around this month because I’ve got a pretty special post all about Jimmy Stewart coming up!
Random viewing includes Boogie Nights (1997) and Being John Malkovich (1999). Yup, my head must have been all over the place this month.
As you may have guessed, I’m much more into my comedies, dramas and fictional TV shows than I am factual. However, if there’s one kind of TV documentary you’d be able to put money on me watching, it’s ones about America. Specifically travelling around America for one purpose or another, and even more specifically travelling around the South. The TV Show I’m talking about was BBC three-parter Songs of the South, where comedian Reginald D Hunter went back to his roots. He’s originally from Georgia but explored the history of the music in Southern America, including Country, the Blues, Hip Hop and Bluegrass. He was a really inciteful host and it was a fantastic watch.
I also completely caught up on Cucumber and Banana which were two dramas exploring sexuality on Channel 4 and E4, respectively. There were some parts of Cucumber I loved and some parts I hated but I think that was the beauty of it. I’m not sure I saw the point in Banana. It really let the side down next to Cucumber. However, both series were set in Manchester and produced by my favourite TV production company, RED Productions, so that was always going to be in their favour…
What films and TV shows have you been watching this month? Anything I’ve missed at the cinema?
You can also read about My February In Films.